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What does BTS stand for? All the meanings behind the band’s name

A renewed obsession for BTS has erupted all over the world. One of the first K-pop bands to make a big break, BTS is beloved by their vast fanbase (the BTS ARMY.) Their hit songs have soared to the top of the charts and they’ve been a coveted band to have perform on stage and late night TV programs. 

Debuting in 2013, BTS is formed by seven members – Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, & Jungkook. The members all co-write and co-produce most of their own music. Though they’re primarily a pop band, their musical style is really diverse. They’ve evolved from a hip hop group to a multi-genre sensation.

But BTS is about more than their catchy lyrics, musical style, or slick dance moves. They’ve become adored icons who use their songs to encourage self-love, mental health, individualism, & so much more.   

While you may know all about the dreamy faces of BTS, do you know what BTS stands for? Here’s what BTS stands for and what it means to the boys we love. Prepare yourself for some heartwarming stuff.

What does BTS stand for?

Most people were familiar with the acronym BTS meaning “Be There Soon” or “Better Than Sex.” While the musical band BTS certainly makes us feel the lust, the abbreviation means something very different than the previously popular hashtag #BTS used to express lust for food. 

BTS (written 방탄소년단 in Korean) stands for Bangtan Sonyeondan. In Korea, Bangtan Sonyeondan actually means Bulletproof Boy Scouts. “Bangtan” specifically means “to be resistant to bullets.”

In Japan, BTS is actually called Bōdan Shōnendan (防弾少年団). The translation is very similar to the Korean Bangtan Sonyeondan. However, this extended meaning for the shortened BTS acronym branched out to include various definitions. In 2017 BTS rebranded, announcing that BTS also stood for “Beyond the Scene.” Thus, the band flourishes as a symbol of endurance, growth, & resilience.

What do the boys say?

J-Hope spoke up about what exactly BTS meant for him and the group’s intent. Confirming that the abbreviation is more than it lets on, J-Hope affirmed:

“It has a profound meaning . . .‘Bangtan’ means to be resistant to bullets, so it means to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim on adolescents like bullets, to preserve the values and ideals of today’s adolescents.”

When BTS refreshed to adopt the meaning Beyond the Scenes, the group shared that their name meant “growing youth BTS who is going beyond the realities they are facing, and going forward.” BTS’s entertainment agency, Big Hit Entertainment, also claimed that the BTS new name represented youth who go against the grain to keep moving forward – a refusal to settle for unhappiness.


The BTS journey

The BTS name has flourished over time, adopting new technical meanings. But if you listen to BTS music throughout their journey it’s clear what core values they hold dear. Their lyrics focus on the personal & social commentary we’ve all been needing to hear. 

BTS preaches themes of mental health, loving oneself, independence, and more generally getting through really tough times (especially for making it through school). Their songs even reference literature & psychological concepts with interesting storylines. 

BTS may be topping music charts and making history with their music, but they started small – just like everyone else. Their journey is one of positivity & resilience, and fans have heard them loud & clear. We’ll always cherish their heartfelt messages underneath their addictive bops.

What does BTS mean to you? Let us know your thoughts below.

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